3 Detroit organizations benefit from latest NBA Foundation grants
Three Detroit-area nonprofits will receive a financial boost from the NBA Foundation. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and the Sphinx Organization will receive grants in honor of the incorporation of the NBA Foundation a year ago.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan have been providing safe space and programs for young people to prepare for careers, start-ups and homeownership for 94 years. For the President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Shawn H. Wilson, the grant is an important part of their work to end the cycle of poverty in the community.
“The NBA Foundation, with generous funding from our industry clubs, will enable BGCSM to ensure our young people are ready for careers, start-ups and owners, ending the cycle of poverty that many young and their families are facing it, ”Wilson said in a statement. declaration.
BGCSM also partnered with the Detroit Pistons for a number of events last year. The Pistons had a significant presence at a
several virtual activities last year when government officials encouraged everyone to stay at home to limit the spread of COVID-19. The team continued their commitment to BGCSM with a long-term partnership that includes a grant of $ 300,000.
Funding will be provided by team owner Tom Gores, Vice President Arn Tellem and the Detroit Pistons Foundation over the next three years to build the “industry club” of BGCSM. The club plans to hire more than 200 Detroit teens aged 14 and older who want to pursue careers in sports, esports and entertainment. Teens will earn $ 10 to $ 13 an hour by exploring career options.
BGCSM is not the only nonprofit that aims to close the wealth gap in the city of Detroit. Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation was created to maximize impact and add value to residents and employers of Detroit by providing quality services, connecting them through “Detroit at Work” with the resources and support necessary to thrive.
For Terri Weems, president of Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, the grant gives them the tools to help struggling people make inroads in their job search.
“In addition to our primary mission of providing career opportunities to the people of Detroit, Detroit at Work provides additional support services to those who face particular barriers to advancement,” Weems said in a statement. “A key challenge is helping those at risk of gun violence find opportunities that will help them make the transition to stable careers and environments, and we are very grateful for the NBA Foundation partnership which will enable us to make the transition to stable careers and environments. ‘extend and expand the support we can make available to this population.
Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation partners with local Detroit businesses and offers personalized training to those it serves.
The third nonprofit that received a grant from the NBA Foundation was the Sphinx Organization. Since 1997, this organization has worked to diversify the classical music industry. Although the organization is based in Detroit, the grant will provide assistance across the United States.
“The Sphinx organization is grateful to the NBA Foundation for its investment in our mission to transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts,” the organization said in a statement. “These funds will be used to enrich the lives and careers of young black and Latin musicians across the country – we hope this partnership will lead to greater investments in the advancement of black and Latin artists and leaders across the country. . “
The NBA Foundation has awarded 22 new grants totaling $ 6 million to organizations across the country to help create job opportunities, foster career advancement and foster greater economic empowerment of black youth. This was the third round of grants awarded.